In a tough league where every game counts, the Yellowjackets were pushing forward until they met up with league opponents Union College and Skidmore University this past weekend. The Yellowjackets carried a six-game win streak into this past weekend, but had it snapped after incurring losses to Skidmore and Union in Liberty League Play. Despite these recent losses UR field hockey continues to boast the best defense in the league, allowing only 17 goals scored all season. Their record currently stands at 11-6.

On Oct. 12, Rochester cut through the Houghton College Highlanders for a 2-0 victory and their fourth shut out of the year. Senior Krista Butler sent the first goal of the game into the cage at 44:02 unassisted. With 2:15 left to play in the game Butler went on to score the second goal of the game assisted by freshman Amanda Case. Junior goalie Rachel Cahan made five saves and senior Mary DiMatteo had a defensive save. UR outshot Houghton 12-11, with Houghton having the penalty corner advantage 14-7.

Last Wednesday the ‘Jackets held the Ithaca College Bombers scoreless winning 1-0 for their fifth shutout of the year. Butler scored the first goal of the game for her sixth of the season, assisted by senior Celinda Fletcher. UR scored what would have been a second goal, but amid controversy it was revoked. The shot was made near the edge of the circle, but Ithaca claimed that it was never touched by another UR team member, thus resulting in an illegitimate goal. Rochester outshot Ithaca 15-4 and had the edge on penalty corners 9-4. Cahan made saves in goal and DiMatteo made one defensive save.

On Friday, UR was shutout by the Union College Dutchwomen 1-0. Union outshot Rochester 14-13 and lead penalty corners 13-9. Cahan made three saves and let one scoot by into the net.

On Saturday the Yellowjackets played a well-fought game against the Skidmore College Thoroughbreds losing 3-2 in overtime. Skidmore led off the scoring with a goal six minutes into the game. DiMatteo evened it up with a goal at 21:03. The ‘Jackets took a 2-1 lead with a goal off the stick of junior Alicia Citro at 50:55, UR held the lead until Skidmore forced the game into overtime with a goal on a penalty shot at 65:21. The Thoroughbreds won it after sending a shot into the net 6:34 into overtime. Skidmore outshot UR 30-5 and had the upper hand in penalty corners 16-4.

Field hockey’s final game of the season is Saturday 1 p.m. at SUNY Oneonta.

Levy is a member of the class of 2008.

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